It's good to have some idea of where you're running to.
A friend of mine who is an experienced racer and top navigator for a nationally competitive team has offered up some awesome tips for fledgeling teams when it comes to navigation. To be honest, as he mentions, navigation is the aspect of AR that is the most lacking in rookie teams. Someone with even a very recreational level of fitness can often finish in the middle of the pack or even better in sprint races if they are paired with a good navigator. If you are patient and can read a map and compass you have the makings for a great navigator. Check out his thoughts on the subject and get some great ideas for ways to get out there and improve your nav skills. So i'm not saying not to get out there and train - i'm just reminding you that AR isn't like other racing - this isn't some glorified triathlon. In AR, fitness will only get you so far. In fact, without good nav, the fitter you are the more lost you will end up getting (i.e. the faster you'll be running in the wrong direction). Cheers everyone!